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A Border Patrol agent shot a suspected drug runner. Is he alive or dead? Agency won't say

A Border Patrol agent shot a suspected drug runner. Is he alive or dead? Agency won't say

The one-story ranch house looks lonely, even from the highway, slouched on a dust-blown ridge 30 miles from the Mexican border.

Here lived The Beans, according to a nameplate long since abandoned. Now, according to locals, it serves as a convenient way station for migrants and drug cartel lookouts along the Mexican border.

So when Border Patrol agents recently found two suspected drug runners in a mud-stuck truck with 2,300 pounds of marijuana near here, it was little surprise that one of the suspects made a run for the house on the ridge.

What happened next goes to the heart of a long-simmering debate among the Border Patrol, police responsibility groups and civil...

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